At the Beach Ball: Celebration of new magazine includes friends and family time

The Blount Moms Today team gathers for the July Back-to School edition launch party “Beach Ball,” on Saturday, July 30, at Court South Beach. From left are web editor Rebecca Tatum, columnist Christy Bramblett, a.k.a. “Thrifty Christy,” Editor Sarah Herron and Where to Go Webisodes Host, Jen Hill.

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The Blount Moms Today team gathers for the July Back-to School edition launch party “Beach Ball,” on Saturday, July 30, at Court South Beach. From left are web editor Rebecca Tatum, columnist Christy Bramblett, a.k.a. “Thrifty Christy,” Editor Sarah Herron and Where to Go Webisodes Host, Jen Hill.

Moms did a little multi-tasking at the Blount Moms Today Beach Ball where they made new friends while spending time with their families.

Over 150 moms, dads and children came to the party, sponsored by Blount Today in celebration of the launch of Blount Moms Today’s second issue. Families swam, danced to the music of DJ Adriel McCord’s jams and played games with National Fitness Center’s “Kids in Motion” team. Attendees feasted on Snappy Tomato Pizza and cookies and bon-bon cupcakes by Sister Heart Sweets.

“It was fun to be outside with some people we know and some we don’t know. We enjoyed spending time with our Blount County peeps,” said Shelby Shankland, who came with her husband, Scott, and their 4-year-old daughter, Zoe.

Shankland was one of three first-time published moms in the latest edition. She wrote a feature story for the issue entitled, “A Well-Balanced Mom,” which chronicles the healthy standards she places on her daughter, while struggling with her own weight. The new writer has heard from friends and acquaintances about the story and says one reader emailed saying she appreciated Shankland’s honesty.

Her family moved from San Francisco a year ago and she has created a network of friends through her church at First United Methodist in Maryville and the “Moms of Maryville” group that meets at various places around town each week. She said she checks the Blount Moms Today website frequently for information about community events, and especially likes the daily calendar on the website.

Web Editor, Rebecca Tatum agrees with Shankland and says getting together with moms in person at events and in groups is important.

“The internet is an important resource for collecting information and getting resources, but it doesn’t replace community. There’s nothing better than laughing with a new friend face-to-face,” Tatum said.

Tatum is creating a Blount Moms Today blogosphere to help moms make more connections.

The Blount Moms Today back-to-school edition is in stands now. Visit www.BlountMomsToday.com for locations and more information on the upcoming blogging community.

The third edition of Blount Moms Today will be out in October, and there are plans for a very special launch party as moms get ready for the holidays.

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